Subject: UNMIT Daily Media Review - 01 August 2008


(International news reports and extracts from national media. UNMIT does not vouch for the accuracy of these reports)

Reactive budget increased to more than 778M – Timor Post

The 2008 reactive budget of US$778.312M has been officially approved by the National Parliament. Fretilin bench voted against the reactive budget related to the establishment of Economy Establishment Funds (FEE) of US$240M. Fretilin considers the FEE as an illegal source of funding. The party has raised this issue with the Court of Appeals. In response, the Prime Minister has said that the government is ready to face any accusations.

Carrascalão: reactive budget unnecessary – Timor Post

The President of Social Democratic Party (PSD) Mario Viegas Carrascalão has said that he does not believe the bulk of the reactive budget to be necessary for Timor-Leste. He said that he would consider resigning from the AMP if he sees that the Government’s programs are not running well.

However, CNRT MP Dusai Barreto is confident that the Government will execute the budget properly as it did with the last transition budget [more than 91%]. In response to this, PD MP Vital dos Santos said he believes that it is too early to judge the how well the Government has executed the budget. “If the entire budget is not executed by the end of the year, than there will be a carryover,” said Mr dos Santos. “In this case, the Government does not deserve to get big budget.”

2009: Gov to implement decentralization – Suara Timor Lorosa’e

The Minister of State Administration and Territory Ordainment Arcângelo Leite said that the AMP Government is serious in its plans to begin decentralizing in 2009. Next year the government will implement a decentralization policy by changing districts to municipals.

Mr Leite said that local governments will have their own representatives to take political decisions. “The Municipal has a Head who will have the power to make decision; the current district administrators are only able to implement what has already been decided by the central government,” said Minister Leite on Thursday (31/8) in Pantai Kelapa.

Carrascalão: I will detain corrupt people- Suara Timor Lorosae

PSD President Mario Viegas Carrascalao declared yesterday that if he was appointed to be President of Anti-Corruption Commission he would detain any person involved in corruption, including Ministers. Mr Carrascalao also warned the Government against adopting Indonesia-style anti-corruption laws.

Silveiro Pinto: military prison confuse population- Suara Timor Lorosae

The Provider of Human Rights and Justice (PDHJ) Silveiro Pinto said yesterday that the existence of a military prison in this country will create confusion amongst the population. “People will be confused as to whether the military prisoners are being detained in the military prison as civil prisoners in Becora or not”, said Mr Pinto.


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